Shauna Martin: Mother, Breast Cancer Survivor, Advocate for Health through Nutrition, Author of Daily Greens 4-day Cleanse, and Founder/CEO of Daily Greens.
“I vividly recall sitting on the floor of my shower with water and tears streaming down my face trying to figure it all out. I could not stop thinking . . . why? Why me? What did I do wrong? On July 28, 2005, my son’s first birthday, I had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33. My life was flashing before my eyes, as I struggled with the question of whether I was ready to die or not. It did not take me long to conclude, that I was in fact not ready to die. I had a young child and a husband to live for. I knew I had to mustard the strength to get out of the shower and take care of my family, but nine months of chemotherapy and a year of surgeries to first remove my breasts and then reconstruct them had left me weak, bald, and hopeless. After all that I had been through my doctors told me I still had an up to 40 percent chance of a recurrence. I thought, how could that possibly be, after everything I had done to fight my cancer over the past two years? I knew one thing for sure, I had to stay alive for my son and husband, so I resolved to get up off the shower floor and do something about it.
I had heard that food could have powerful healing attributes, so I decided to investigate. I read everything I could get my hands on, and my journey lead me to understand that a plant based diet filled with raw vegetables could not only help detox my body from all the toxins from my breast cancer treatment, but it could also potentially prevent a recurrence of my breast cancer. I was so excited to finally find something that would be under my control, so I went for it. I read the most efficient way to consume raw veggies was to juice them, so I ordered my first juicer and started making a green juice every day. The effects were immediate and undeniable. I immediately started to regain my energy and my former stamina. My hair grew back quickly, my skin and eyes started to glow. I was blown away, so I studied further and determined that the right thing for me was to move to a fully plant-based diet. This took several years of slowly eliminating animal protein from my diet, but when I finally got there the result was amazing. I am still fully vegan and plant based, 10 years later, and I now know the answer to The Why? I was meant to go on my breast cancer journey and struggle so that I could help bring a message of health and hope to America!”
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